Visit historic Oil Springs to learn about the area’s rich history. It is home to the Oil Museum of Canada, a National Historic Site and an oil well that changed the entire world. On this site, in 1858, James Miller Williams dug a well and created North America’s first commercial oil business. A visit to the museum combines both outdoor and indoor exhibits. More than 300 oil wells are still active in the Oil Springs area today and many still use 19th century technology. The Shaw Gusher is also a sight to see. It once shot oil over the treetops and flowed at a rate of 3,000 barrels per day! Horse drawn wagon rides through the oilfields are a family feature available on Sunday afternoons throughout July and August.
Oil Springs has more to offer than oil heritage. Visitors can catch a round of golf at the scenic, 9-hole Black Creek Golf Course that will challenge golfers of any level. Or make a visit to the Alpaca Shearing Open House in May then come again in November for an Alpaca Christmas on the Farm. A beautiful historical trail runs through Oil Springs for nature walkers looking for something different.
For more information visit their website at www.oilsprings.ca.